July 2021 MBR The Library CD Shelf

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Jul 31, 2021, 3:53:11 AMJul 31
The Library CD Shelf

John Stein
Whaling City Sound
$16.99 CD / $8.99 MP3


Serendipity is an album recorded of a live jazz concert, featuring Jon Stein on guitar, Ed Lucie on bass guitar, and Mike Connors on drums. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the concert was broadcast virtually, yet its conditions were deliberately similar to playing to a full house. There were no second takes, no overdubs, and no corrections; just a pure, passionate performance. An upbeat, vivacious album superbly capturing the spirit of the stage, Serendipity is highly recommended. The tracks are "Alfie's Theme", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Well, You Needn't", "Labor of Love", "Insensatez (How Insensitive)", "Bing Bang Boom!", "Elvin!", "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", and "Happy Hour".

Carolina Child
Ric Robertson
Free Dirt Records
$14.98 CD / $8.99 MP3


Singer-songwriter Ric Robertson presents Carolina Child, an original album fusing elements of jazz, funk, and country into a unique Americana perspective. Carolina is emotional and compelling; the songs range from wistful reflections on love to a metaphorical appreciation of the natural world's perseverance. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Getting Over Our Love", "Harmless Feeling", "Carolina Child", "Sycamore Hill", "Thinkin' About You", "Anna Rose", "My Love Never Sleeps", "I Don't Mind", "Rollin' River", and "Julie".

Auroral Magic
Chakuna Machi Asa
4 Directions Records
$14.99 CD / $9.49 MP3


Inspired by the auroral lights, Auroral Magic is a beautiful, relaxing music CD that blends piano, soothing chants, and gentle wilderness sounds. Inspirational, emotionally moving, and evoking a sense of harmony with the natural world, Auroral Magic is a welcome and highly recommended addition to New Age music collections. The tracks are "Blood of Our Ghost", "Elven Magic", "Planet Xeron", "Dancing Reflections", "The Wind", "Time Womb", "Blue Moon", "Space Shift", "Our Escape", "The Whale Song", "John", and "Auroral Magic".

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Flowfish Records
$22.75 CD / $11.49 MP3


Finnish-Beninese-Tanzanian funk band Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble presents their self-titled fifth album, showcasing their extraordinary blend of Finnish funk, Afrobeat rhythms, and vivacious lyrics sung in the Goun language. Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble is utterly entrancing, and highly recommended for international music collections. The tracks are "The One Who Sees Today", "The Craft (feat. Synik)", "A Little Support", "The Transition", "Happiness For All", "For the One Who Invited Me", "The Palm Lines", "You'll Return Without a Thing", and "Stay Strong".

Music Is What I See
Rhonda Vincent
Upper Management Music
$TBA CD / $11.49 MP3


Rhonda Vincent presents Music Is What I See, an album draws upon both elements of bluegrass, power ballads, gospel music, and country classics. The profound, powerful music showcases her superb talent, her deeply held faith, and her passion for performance. Music Is What I See is a treasure for connoisseurs and also makes an excellent gift. The tracks are "What Ain't To Be Just Might Happen", "False Hearted Love", "Music's What I See", "Like I Could", "I'd Like To Be A Train", "I'm Still Not Over You", "It's Me Again", "Slowly", "I Ain't Been Nowhere", "Unchained Melody", "Everybody Will Be Happy Over There", and "There's A Record Book".

Don't You Marry No Railroad Man
J.P. Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain
Free Dirt Records
$14.44 CD / $8.99 MP3


J.P. Harris' Don't You Marry No Railroad Man showcases his mastery of the banjo and his old- school country singing. Don't You Marry No Railroad Man provides his sprightly rendition of beloved classics, and is a treasure especially recommended for connoisseurs of Americana and Appalachian roots music. Highly recommended! The tracks are "House Carpenter", "Closer to the Mill", "Mole in the Ground", "Country Blues", "Last Chance", "Old Bangum", "Barbry Ellen", "The Little Carpenter", "Otto Wood", and "Wild Bill Jones".


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